Where does your faith lay? What if you were put in a world where gods were in a war fighting as light and dark, but what brings this in as a problem. Is the simple fact that they use humans as vessels for their battles, it gets worse because they take away your freedom of choice to fight not. It is one thing to serve out of your own faith, but it is another being forced into a holy draft if you will. Luckily there are a few heroes that will fight for the right reasons when the higher powers are preoccupied with their own divine order. Let’s see if you are the right hero to battle on the light and the dark.
The story dates back over 40 years where Goddess Valdis was killed by her daughter, the Dark Goddess Myrgato and of course this caused a feud between her twin sister, Alagath the goddess of light. The problem with this war is the toll it takes upon the humans, because they use their souls to make warriors. This twisting and manipulating the humans is causing much grief and soon will make them obsolete in time. There are those that are willing to stand their ground and not choose either to fight for, but that decision will lead to death in the end. It is time for you to choose your hero and take on both oppositions and find out the true path of each warrior either by blade, fist, guns or magic.
I am coming from the age of side scrolling and most people don’t appreciate the classic play style or respect the difficulty behind them. I have to say that Valdis Story: AC brings back a lot of nostalgia and that competitive energy brought to getting what I seek through the quest. The thing about this side scrolled adventure is the fact that it is not your simple go from A to B, but more on the lines of a real seek and destroy, as well as puzzle solving to keep you occupied. The lay of the level sis familiar to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the similarity makes walking into this game very comfortable and enjoyable for a kicka** adventure.
At the start you have two heroes to choose from and I decided Wyatt, because I am a novice and wanted to get a bare bones of what to expect. The other three heroes are Reina the fighter, Valdyn the possessed gunman and Gilda the trickster demon. This is the best way to tell a story from different views and as an added challenge, each character will ave their own different play style for you to master. It goes even deeper when you go into the game and start leveling up your character. The Skill tree is well laid out and I love any game that gives you the choice of building up the character you favor. As of right now using Wyatt, I am mostly concentrating on the guardian and warrior tree.
That is the kind of player I would be and the fact that I can switch weaponry from sword to hand to hand, is a brilliant combat play style. There is a damage and combo counter as well, so I would try to get as big a combo as possible. This can be achieved by switching between light and hard attacks.
In terms of the combat, you can switch between light and hard attacks, but it kicks up a notch with the use of your magic. The combined force when your meter fills up brings up a more powerful attack into a finisher. The magic alone will be a great ability either offensive or defensively and if you go into the spells menu, you can change up which to utilize against angels, demons or ferals. I will let you discover which will work out best against the light and the dark.
I have seen the artist work for years and I was not shocked by the visuals in Valdis Story, it is just beautifully done. The movements of each character flow very well and I started with a keyboard, however I switched it up and felt more comfortable with a joy-pad. The music floored me the most, with great transitions and boss battles get me pumped when the tunes kick into high gear. I hope their is a game soundtrack in the near future, which many gamers will appreciate.
In the end I don’t have anything negative to say about Valdis Story: Abyssal City, other than hoping that there might be a co-op feature in the future and that maybe it will be ported to handheld or consoles. The reading portion is very outdated and I think voice acting would keep me from skipping half the time, but that is my own personal preference. I am not sure if it is the sensitivity of my joy-pad, but at times my character will move a certain way on its own or perform moves by accident.
All and all I give Valdis Story: Abyssal City4.5 out of 5 with an interesting storyline and amazing game-play mechanics, I am happy to see a great plat-former arise through all the other genres. I mean we get caught up as gamers with all high end games that leave us at wtf, it is great to have a game with heart that you can pick up the pad and just get right into some fun. Valdis Story: AC is available now on the Steam marketplace for $14.99 and congrats to Endless Fluff Games on their first game. If you would like to know more, feel free to head on over to valdisstory.com. Stay frosty gamers!
Developer: Endless Fluff Games
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8
Processor: Processsor 1.7 Ghz or higher
Memory: 1024 MB RAM
Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
#players: Single Player
Final Verdict of KKEnt: 4.5 Out Of 5